Because of unfolding restrictions around the Covid-19 virus on overseas visitors and as our core business is with these visitors, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to close until at least the end of the March, possibly April too. Our sincere apologies. The team at Hairy Feet Waitomo

Tour Overview

& Location

Tour Overview

If you are:

  • an avid Tolkien fan

  • a movie buff

  • interested in seeing amazing rock formations, beautiful New Zealand native forest and a working farm in the picturesque Mangaotaki Valley

Join twice daily guided tours through the stunning Mangaotaki Valley farm near Piopio featured in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. Enjoy a short drive to the film sites in a comfortable mini-van before walking around the places used in extensive location filming by Sir Peter Jackson.

The tours are fully guided with genuine New Zealand pride - a mixture of fun and fact!

  • Small groups ensure a personalised experience.

  • Walking tracks are well formed gravel tracks over slightly uneven ground. Please wear suitable, comfortable footwear.

  • Tours run in all weather – please bring appropriate clothing (eg. sun hat, raincoat).




  • Twice daily at 10 am & 1 pm

  • Open daily.  From time to time, due to unexpected circumstances, we may be unable to run tours.  PLEASE BOOK TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

  • Allow at least 1½ hours (90 minutes) for the tour



  • Adult (15 years & over) $60

  • Child* (0-14 years) $30

(Under Health & Safety Regulations we must provide a separate seat for everyone in our van. If you are bringing your baby, please ensure you have a regulation Baby Car Seat)



Tour Office at 1411 Mangaotaki Road, Piopio
(The store has toilets and we serve tea & coffee. We also have other refreshments for sale).




  • Travel on SH3 (State Highway 3) to Piopio

  • Turn onto Kaka Street at the southend of Piopio Village.

  • Turn left off Kaka Street onto Mangaotaki Road.

  • Continue to travel on Mangaotaki Road for 14.11kms to 1411 Mangaotaki Road and the "Hairy Feet Waitomo Scenic Film Location Tour."  Approximately 15 minutes drive from Piopio.


DRIVING TIMES to "Hairy Feet Waitomo" Tour Office at 1411 Mangaotaki Road, Piopio

  • From Piopio Village: 15 minutes (15 kilometres)

  • From Waitomo Village: 45 minutes (54 kilometres)

  • From Otorohanga: 50 minutes (57 kilometres)

  • From Auckland Airport: 2 hours 45 minutes (223 kilometres)

  • From Hamilton Airport: 1 hour 20 minutes (98 kilometres)

  • From 'Hobbiton' (Matamata): 1 hour 50 minutes (141 kilometres)



From time to time, due to unexpected circumstances, we may be unable to run tours.  To avoid disappointment, it is advisable to book online using our secure booking system.

(Please allow 48 hours for any special requests to be arranged and confirmed).



Please check in at our Tour Office 15 minutes before your departure time (either 9.45 am or 12.45 pm). We will depart strictly on time.

  • If you arrive late, you can go on the next tour at no extra charge, providing there are spaces available.

  • If you are unable to go on a later trip there will be no refund.



Any disabilities must be advised for safety reasons and to ensure we can provide you with an enjoyable experience. Hairy Feet Waitomo gravel tracks are not suitable for wheel chair access; however, there may be other options, so please contact us at least 48 hours prior to departure to discuss these.



  • Although every care is taken we can accept no liability for personal injury or property damage.

  • Carry any personal medication with you.

  • Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children.

  • Bring suitable outdoor clothing, footwear and raincoats, if required.

  • Hairy Feet Waitomo reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Hairy Feet Waitomo tours and vehicles are Smoke Free areas. There is a designated smoking area outside the Tour Office.

  • This is a working farm and for the safety and wellbeing of the farm animals, no dogs are permitted on the property.



Due to the nature of our business, cancellations affect us greatly.


  • Cancellations more than 24 hours before departure time receive a a refund, less a $20 cancellation fee.
    (Please note: this is outside our control, as our secure online booking system charges a $20 fee for all cancellations)

  • Cancellations less than 24 hours before departure time are non-refundable.

Warrick and Suzie Denize are the third generation of the Denize family on this Mangaotaki Valley property near Piopio. ...

Join our guided tours through the stunning Mangaotaki Valley farm near Piopio featured in

 "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"...

Suzie Denize, owner of 'Hairy Feet Waitomo Scenic Film Location Tour', shares her memories about the preparation and filming...






1411 Mangaotaki Road,

RD 1, Piopio 3971,

New Zealand


+64 7 877 8003


You will find Hairy Feet Waitomo in New Zealand's beautiful King Country, just 45 minutes from the famous Waitomo Caves.

It's a scenic drive 3 hours south of Auckland and easily accessed from charming Piopio village on state Highway 3.